KGW and KISN: Epic Radio Battle in Portland

Dave Keeley writes: “Your Portland venture was my favorite in your first book. Why? Because I lived there, heard you on radio and watched your show. At nine years old getting my taste for Rock’nRoll. I have a question for you. In May of 1959 KISN started up. I’m wondering if you or anybody at KGW…

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Remembering Glenna Page and Portland Bandstand

I moved to Portland in 1959 for a job offer from Mrs. Dorothy Bullitt, owner of KGW Radio and TV. It was a chance to get TV exposure I couldn’t get in Vancouver, with only CBC-TV on the air here. Portland Bandstand, sponsored by Coca-Cola, followed Dick Clark’s American Bandstand live on KGW-TV Monday nights…

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Eddie Cochran Killed – April 17, 1960

This Rolly Ford photo with Eddie Cochran showing me how to hold a guitar was taken backstage at the Georgia Auditorium in October 1957. Eddie was killed in a car crash in England while on tour with Gene Vincent. It happened April 17, 1960 – 60 years ago today. Eddie, girlfriend Sharon Sheeley and Gene…

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Bill Reiter in Red Robinson: The Last Broadcast

“Jack Cullen and Red Robinson were cut from the same cloth: both were East Vancouver kids. So was I, and in the early days that meant black music reigned, due to the demographic of the neighbourhood. That went a long way in Red embracing the music and later insisting he play it on the air…

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Kelly Latremouille Birthday Call

Kelly Latremouille is the late Fred Latremouille‘s younger brother! We worked together at Rogers Media’s FUN-FM and he’s now at Stingray’s 104.3 – The Breeze. Kelly called to wish me a happy birthday, and if you missed it “live” here’s the call. Thanks Kelly!…

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